It really was a neat class. I love having new teachers because you do not know their rhythm and you cannot "check out" nor can you go on "auto pilot". So it was really good for me, tough, but good. I was hot, sweaty, exhausted, red faced, panting and relieved when it was over but I felt like a million bucks!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Day 75: A fabulous guest teacher
Today was 530 with a guest teacher. Ren Soriano. He is a senior teacher at Bikram headquarters in Los Angeles. He is also a judge for the yoga competition every year. I have never met him so it was a treat to take his class. He is a small guy, very cheerful, and well....flamboyant! He has a great energy and was very engaged with us all througout the class. The room was smokin' hot and the toughness of the class kicked in right away, during pranayama breathing. Ren does so much talking and coaching interspersed with his dialog that it feels like you are inhaling and exhaling FOREVER. And you are, at least alot longer than 6 counts. My lungs were burning and it was all I could do not to choke down some air in advance of him saying "inhale!". Lets put it this way, he was so busy talking, joking and correcting that we finished eagle 30 mins into class! He was very funny and had a few students that he pinpointed, 3 males, and pretty much was on them the whole class. He was telling Hector "you are so flexible, that's good for a man!" "But you need to work on your strength!" Then he asked David "how long have you practiced?" (5 months was the answer) and proceeded to correct and push poor David on every other posture it seemed like. Then there was Sadartha. Oh did he ever pick on Sadartha. Really, I felt bad for the guy because Ren was pushing, prodding, correcting, encouraging. None of these things are bad by any stretch of the imagination, it's just that it was sooooo hot and when you get that special instructor attention you do what they tell you and you exert so much more than if left to your own devices. So I just kept thinking to myself "Oh Sadartha, you poor thing, you must be frickin' exhausted!!". He even kept the guy in fixed firm, made us all come up and applaud Sadartha for getting all the way into the posture. It was all very cute, amusing and fun. I'm just really glad he did not single me out! :)